Florida led 65-54 with 8:17 remaining, after a Patric Young dunk. They only scored 3 more points for the rest of the game, as Louisville came all the way back to win 72-68 and advance to the Final Four out of the West Region.
Chane Behanan and Russ Smith were able to carry the Louisville Cardinals the rest of the way after Peyton Siva fouled out with 3:58 left. Louisville took their first lead since the first half with 1:08 left. They then survived a driving attempt by Bradley Beal that was blocked, and a missed Erving Walker jumper. Louisville also then survived a horrible decision by Russ Smith, when he turned the ball over but Bradley Beal immediately travelled. Louisville made two free throws, Florida missed two good looks at a three pointer to tie (the Gators did not make a single three pointer all half), and Louisville sealed the victory.
It hasn’t always been easy for this Louisville team, and a month ago, it seemed unlikely, but Louisville is now in the Final Four. Kentucky happens to be one victory away from playing them in the national semifinals, by the way.
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